SUMMARY: Otterbein Police Officers are responsible for safety and security of persons and property on campus. Officers shall positively interact, build rapport by enhancing community relations, and represent the University with local law enforcement and fire protective agencies. Officers must work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures. Officer must be able to reason logically and make valid conclusions about issues without cultural bias.
Otterbein offers great benefits including: educational benefits for employees and their dependents, 4 weeks of vacation, 12 paid holidays, and competitive employer contributions to a 403(b) plan.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Enforcement: Officers will enforce all local, state and federal criminal laws, as well as University judicial rules and regulations; traffic and parking regulations; officers will obtain warrants, apprehend, arrest, search, pat down, handcuff, pursue, physically secure resisting suspects with the appropriate amount of force. Officers will safely transport prisoners and professionally testify in criminal court or University judicial hearings as required.
Investigation: Officers will investigate criminal violations, judicial violations, traffic crashes, and citizen complaints. Officers will protect crime scenes and preserve evidence.
Patrol: Officers will patrol on foot, in motor vehicles including University owned golf carts. They will protect persons and property and provide assistance as needed. Officers will lock and unlock buildings, provide escorts for citizens on campus, manage traffic and parking, and report any safety or security concerns to supervisors and appropriate campus personnel.
Operation and Maintenance of Police and Campus Equipment: Officers will correctly maintain and safely operate patrol vehicles, and all departmental equipment including but not limited to: firearms, tasers, pepper spray, batons, handcuffs, radios, computers, copiers, fax machines, telephones, and first aid equipment. Officers will also correctly operate the campus emergency notification system, the Clery notification system, all panic alarm systems, fire panel systems, WOCC TV system, and camera system on campus. Officers will enter work orders as needed.
Language and Written Communication: Officers will demonstrate competency in verbal and written communications with all constituencies; will use proper spoken English, grammar, spelling and punctuation on all University documents including but not limited to reports, tickets, daily logs, and property/person receipts.
General Conditions and Work Environment: Officers must be able to occasionally work overtime, change shifts, work special duty events, be called in while off duty for a crisis on campus, perform dispatch or administrative assistant responsibilities, fire prevention responsibilities, train new officers and student workers, attend meetings, research and conduct safety presentations on campus. Officers shall positively interact, build rapport by enhancing community relations, and represent the University with local law enforcement and fire protective agencies.
Training Requirements: Officers will fully participate in required training operations to include any methods of instruction such as, but not limited to: lecture, practical hands-on training including first aid, self-defense, firearms, taser, pepper spray, tactical training, and computer based training. Instruction may be on or off site.
The above statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to perform the essential functions of the position and shall not be considered a detailed description of all duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in the position of an Otterbein University Police Officer.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Police Officers will supervise student security workers and new officers when serving as a field training officer. Patrol Officers are required to obey all lawful orders from supervisors and University officials.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Employee must desire to build trust and partnerships with culturally diverse populations through respect, dialogue, cooperation, appropriate and effective consultation and communication. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION/MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Officers shall possess a minimum of a High School diploma or equivalent, pass an extensive background investigation to include a criminal history and credit check; must be at least 21 years of age, and have both eyes corrected to 20/20 vision and no color blindness; must successfully complete and meet all standards to include: academic, physical fitness, medical, psychological, and truth verification.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Officers must possess and maintain a current Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission certificate in good standing with the State of Ohio. Must possess and maintain a valid Ohio driver’s license. The current driver’s license record must not reflect six points or more.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Required to be able to accurately manipulate data using basic addition, subtraction, multiplications, division, skills.
REASONING ABILITY: Officers shall have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in an academic and law enforcement environment. Must demonstrate sound judgment and appropriate decision making skills. Must maintain confidential information. Must demonstrate a high degree of initiative, independent judgment, and flexibility. Must be able to read and understand a map. Must be able to give and follow instructions according to established protocol.
Historically progressive. That is the hallmark of Otterbein University and those connected to this private university nestled in the picturesque, historic Uptown Westerville district in central Ohio.Otterbein University was established in 1847 and named for Philip William Otterbein, a founder of the United Brethren Church. Shaped by its historic relationship with the Church, a set of deeply rooted... values still guide this model community of leaders and learners. Otterbein has set the pace by providing an educational experience that is progressive, innovative and inclusive. Today Otterbein University enrolls 2,919 traditional undergraduate students, 223 adult students enrolled in evening and weekend classes, and 440 graduate students working in one of several master’s degree programs, and some towards a newly established doctoral degree in Nursing. As they did decades ago, the students of today still come from towns in Ohio but they also come from 35 states and 22 countries, enriching the campus through their individual and collective diversity. Integrity, humane values and an inherently just, moral compass have guided Otterbein’s forward-thinking vision and actions—from its curriculum to its responsibilities as a member of academic, regional and global communities.